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Target Foundation FAQs

What are the areas of focus for Target Foundation grants?

Equity for All – Target Foundation invests in organizations based in the Minneapolis-St Paul area that are working to address the specific systemic and structural barriers facing under resourced and underserved communities. Learn more about our hometown focus area

Financial Security & Empowerment – Target Foundation invests in organizations that are building financial security and individual empowerment in communities across the U.S. Learn more about our national focus area

Sustainable Livelihoods – Target Foundation invests in organizations that are improving economic opportunities for families in emerging economies to sustain themselves and their communities. Learn more about our global focus area

How do I know if my organization is eligible to receive a grant from the Target Foundation?

  1. Organizations within the United States and its Protectorates: Be a U.S. federally tax-exempt section 501(c)(3) charitable organization, an accredited school, or a public agency* located in the United States of America or one of its protectorates.
  2. Organizations outside the United States and its Protectorates: Be able to work with a U.S. registered donor advised fund to provide a complete application with all of the required materials, be registered as a charitable entity in your country of operation, be eligible to receive foreign funding, be in full compliance with your country's regulations around charitable activities and funding, and comply with a grant agreement and applicable laws.

*A public agency is an organization established and primarily funded by the United States government such as public schools, libraries and other government agencies. A public agency must be able to provide a valid Government affirmation letter or have a valid NCES number.

For details on specific funding guidelines, please refer to the funding criteria and process outlined within each focus area.

What is not funded through the Target Foundation?

Target Foundation does not make grants to:

  • Individuals
  • Endowments and capital requests
  • Religious groups for religious purposes
  • Political organizations for political reasons
  • National ceremonies, memorials, conferences, fundraising dinners, testimonials, or other similar events
  • Elected officials
  • Organizations that do not comply with our non-discrimination policy

When does the Target Foundation accept applications?

Target Foundation programs vary. For specific information, please refer to the funding criteria and process outlined within each focus area. 

Can an organization request a product donation or gift card(s) from the Target Foundation?

No. Only financial grants are available through the Target Foundation. Requests for gift cards should be made at your local Target store.

corporate giving FAQs

How do I know if my organization is eligible to receive a grant from Target?

To request a charitable contribution, your organization must be a federally tax-exempt section 501(c)(3) charitable organization, an accredited school, or a public agency located in the United States of America or one of its protectorates.

Note: A public agency is an organization established and primarily funded by the United States government such as public schools, public libraries, public parks, and law enforcement agencies. A public agency must be able to provide a valid Government affirmation letter or have a valid NCES number.

What types of request does Target not fund?

The following are types of requests we do not support:

  • Individuals
  • Travel Expenses
  • Religious organizations for religious purposes
  • Programs that discriminate against any type of group or Organizations that do not comply with our non-discrimination policy
  • Endowments
  • Political organizations for political reasons
  • Government Officials
  • Salaries
  • In-kind donations
  • Capital Campaigns
  • General operating support
  • Fundraisers
  • Athletic teams and clubs*
  • Sporting events
  • Playground or athletic equipment*
  • Raffles

*see eligibility for youth soccer grants

applying for a grant

May I send the application directly to a Target representative or another contact at Target?

No, Target only accepts applications online.

May I access the grant application outside of the open grant cycle?

You may access submitted applications to reference at any time via this link and logging into your account. You can only access new applications during the open grant cycle timing.

What information is needed on the application section asking about overall program budget and proposed project budget?

For non-profit organizations, the organization budget refers to the average amount of funds raised each year to run the organization. Schools need to include the overall annual budget for the school. We understand this varies by year, so please refer to your organization's previous year budget as a point of reference.

How do I complete the demographic section in the application when the percentages of the population served don’t add up to 100%?

We understand that these categories are not mutually exclusive and that they are generally estimates. We hope that you will focus on the primary groups served by the organization and adjust the numbers accordingly.

Can I mail a copy of my grant request for review?

Please do not mail any grant requests. Only online applications will be considered.

I've applied for a grant, now what?

Can you send us a grantee kit?

Resources are available at Target.com/marketingresources to help you promote your partnership with us. (No need to include the "www" if typing the address.) Please identify us as "Target" if you choose to produce announcements or articles in recognition of your grant.

Are Target grants transferable?

Target grants are non-transferable. If a grant was provided to one organization or school, the grant may not be transferred to a new school or organization.

As long as the recipient school/organization can administer the program as described in the grant application, then the grant should stay at that organization. If they aren't able or willing to administer the program or if the organization or school has closed, then the grant check needs to be returned to Target.

I applied for a $5,000 grant but only received $2,000. Will I receive the rest of the funds I requested?

Regretfully, we are unable to provide full funding support for your program at this time. We receive many more grant requests than we are able to fund. We wish you success in securing additional financial support for your program.

When will I be contacted about the status of my application?

After you submit your application, you will receive an email confirmation. After Target reviews your application, you will receive notification indicating whether your grant request has been approved or declined.

If I'm awarded a grant, what are the reporting requirements?

  • You may receive a program evaluation survey following the end of your program. The evaluation will focus on outputs such as the number of people served and marketing activities. If your Target-funded program requires a program evaluation, Target will send an online link with instructions; there is no need to proactively reach out for the evaluation.
  • If you’d like to send a thank you note, please send it to your local Target Store, attention of the Store Team Leader (store manager). The local team enjoys hearing how our giving programs help in their community.

How can I update or delete a contact in my application?

Click the contact's name in the contact information section of the application. Edit as necessary or delete the person by clicking the "Delete Contact" button. Click the "Save and Proceed" button.

technical/system FAQs

Is my application automatically saved once I create an account?

No, your application is not saved automatically. To ensure no application data is lost, please click on the "Save and Proceed" button at the bottom of each application page.

Is my internet browser compatible with Target online grant applications?

  • Our online grant applications work with the following internet browser versions:
    • Microsoft Internet Explorer11
    • Microsoft Edge (Current Version)
    • Mozilla Foxfire (Current Version)
    • Apple Safari (Current Version)
    • Google Chrome (Current Version)
  • You must have both cookies and JavaScript enabled to log in.

How can I print my application?

  • Printing from the Review page: The best way to view your application and print is on the 'Review Your Application' page.
    • Complete all required fields on the application.
    • Click the "Save and Proceed" button on the last section to bring yourself to the 'Review Your Application' page.
    • Go to 'File' and then 'Print' on your browser toolbar. Please note: You may need to change the orientation of your page setup from Portrait to Landscape.
  • Printing page by page while working on the application: Use this option while still working on the application. Following these instructions will print the page exactly as seen on the screen.
    • Print out each page by clicking 'File' and then 'Print' on your browser toolbar. Please note: You may need to change the orientation of your page setup from Portrait to Landscape.
    • Click the section link in the timeline at the top of the page in order to move to the next section.
  • Printing a submitted application: Use this option if you would like to print a copy of your submitted application.
    • At the bottom of the Welcome Page, click the 'View' link located next to the application you want to print.
    • Go to 'File' and then 'Print' on your browser toolbar. Please note: You may need to change the orientation of your page setup from Portrait to Landscape.

How do I return to an incomplete application that I saved, but have not yet submitted?

Go to Cybergrants.com and login with the email address and password that was used to create the application. Under 'Applications Requiring Action,' at the bottom of the Welcome Page, look for the application you wish to continue. Click the 'Continue' link next to that application.

Where do I forward my online application?

Once the application is completed online, you will need to click the "Submit" button at the bottom of the last page of the application to submit your application electronically on the internet. Once your application has been submitted, a confirmation email will be sent to the email address that you used to create your online grant application account. Please add cgsupport@cybergrants.com to your email address book (or friendly senders) to ensure that these messages arrive in your inbox.

If I'm awarded a grant, what are the reporting requirements?

You may receive a program evaluation survey following the end of your program. The evaluation will focus on outputs such as the number of people served and marketing activities. If your Target-funded program requires a program evaluation, Target will send an online link with instructions; there is no need to proactively reach out for the evaluation.

If you’d like to send a thank you note, please send it to your local Target Store, attention of the Store Team Leader (store manager). The local team enjoys hearing how our giving programs help in their community.

How should I notify Target if my email or mailing address changes after I submit my online application?

You are able to update this information through your online grant application account. Log in using the email address you used to create the account. Once you’ve logged in, select the “Change Email/Password” link and follow the prompts.